Sime Darby Auto Connexion (SDAC) has announced the introduction of a new Ford Ranger variant called the XL Standard. Slotting in as the entry-level double-cab offering in the local T6 Ranger line-up, it’s very competitively priced – at RM83,588 in the Peninsular and RM89,388 in East Malaysia (on-the-road, without insurance), it’s cheaper than the 2.2L XL Manual by more than RM10,000.

The Ranger XL Standard is powered by a four-cylinder 2.2L TDCi diesel engine, the Puma ZSD-422 unit coming with a detuned 125 PS and 320 Nm output tune in this application. The mill is paired with the automaker’s familiar MT82 six-speed manual transmission.

As you’d expect, the exterior is pared down somewhat on this workhorse – the most obvious identifier is the unpainted front bumper, and the XL Standard wears steel wheels like those seen on the 2.2L Single Cab 4WD MT, making it likely that they are identical to the latter’s 16-inch units, which are wrapped with 215/70 profile tyres.

Specifications include 4×4 shift-on-the-fly (ESOF) and safety features such as dual front airbags, ABS, EBD and three-point safety belts across all five seats.

Meanwhile, the kit list includes side steps, remote keyless entry, a rear cargo load rest and inner/outer truck bed tie-downs as well as reverse parking sensors. The Ranger XL Standard is available in two exterior colours, these being Cool White and Meteor Grey.